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‘Political Animals’ Won’t Return For A Second Season

Submitted by on November 2, 2012 – 1:44 pm Comments

Those of you who liked the show ‘Political Animals’ are in for a disappointment. The show will not be returning for a second season. The news isn’t terribly surprising though, as “Political Animals” was conceived as a miniseries. “We are proud of ‘Political Animals,’ our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer,” a spokeswoman for USA, the network on which it airs, was quoted as saying. “It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. We look forward to collaborating again with these immensely talented creatives” she added.

“Political Animals” premiered July 15 — a night that also saw the highly anticipated Season 5 premiere of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” — and grabbed 3.8 million total viewers in Live Plus 7 Day ratings, which takes into account DVR viewings. Over its six-episode run, the miniseries averaged 3.2 million total viewers in Live Plus 7 Day.

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For the uninitiated, ‘Political Animals’ is about divorced former First Lady Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) who is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She finds an unlikely ally in a D.C. journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino) who had previously dedicated herself to tearing Barrish to pieces. Interestingly Linda Powell, the daughter of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, appeared in the first episode of the show as the national security advisor to the president.

Political Animals received “generally favorable” reviews based on an aggregate score of 64/100 from 31 critics on Metacritic. Entertainment Weekly called the series a “well-acted, entertainingly soapy drama” that “offers a fun and credible look at the complicated intersection of love, gender, and politics.” The Los Angeles Times called the series “a high-class, relatively naturalistic, behind-closed-doors soap opera that plays in fairly obvious yet also fairly affecting ways with the space between public face and private pain and is made highly watchable by an excellent cast that finds the human among the hokum”. The show also received criticism from certain quarters with the New York Post stating: “The actors are great, but the show isn’t.”

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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